Oct. 7, 2013
Pitt (3-1, 2-1 ACC) vs. #24/25 Virginia Tech (5-1, 2-0 ACC)
Oct. 12, 2013 • Noon, ET • ESPNU
Lane Stadium/Worsham Field (65,632/Natural Grass) • Blacksburg, Va.
Pitt Game Notes Link: Virginia Tech Game
• Eyeing a fourth consecutive victory, Pitt travels to Virginia Tech for a key ACC Coastal Division clash. With a 2-0 league record, the Hokies are atop the Coastal standings. The Panthers are 2-1 in ACC play and can move into contention for the division crown with a victory in Blacksburg.
• Pitt and Virginia Tech enter Saturday’s contest with a combined 8-2 overall record. The two losses occurred in their respective season openers to teams currently ranked in the Top 10.
• Since losing to Florida State (No. 6 this week), the Panthers have won three consecutive games. Virginia Tech, which opened with a loss to No. 1 Alabama, has won five straight games.
• Pitt is proving it can win games in a variety of ways. In their most recent outing, the Panthers won a defensive slugfest, 14-3, over Virginia, limiting the Cavs to just 188 yards in total offense. The week prior, Pitt scored its most points in 18 years to outlast Duke in a track meet, 58-55.
• Senior receiver Devin Street, a Biletnikoff Award candidate, needs only seven receptions to become the all-time leading pass catcher in Pitt history. Street has 172 career catches and is chasing Latef Grim, who had 178 from 1998-2000.
• Pitt boasts the ACC’s most potent receiving tandem in Devin Street (111.25 yards per game) and freshman Tyler Boyd (106.25). Pitt is one of only three teams nationally to have two players averaging more than 100 receiving yards. Baylor and LSU are the others.
• Defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been a fixture in the opponent’s backfield. The senior All-America candidate ranks second nationally in both sacks (1.5 per game, six total) and tackles for loss (2.3 per game, nine total).
• A youth movement is underway at Pitt. Twelve true freshmen and seven redshirt freshmen have played for the Panthers this year. True frosh lead Pitt in rushing (James Conner), all-purpose yards (Tyler Boyd) and scoring (Boyd).
Pitt-Virginia Tech History in Brief
Series Began: 1993
Series Overall: VT leads 7-5
At Pittsburgh: Pitt leads 4-3
At Virginia Tech: VT leads 4-1
Last Meeting at Pitt: Sept. 15, 2012 (Pitt 35, Virginia Tech 17)
Last Meeting at Virginia Tech: Nov. 2, 2002 (Pitt 28, Virginia Tech 21)
Current Series Streak: Pitt has won 4 (2001-03, 2012)
Longest Pitt Series Win Streak: 4 games (2001-03, 2012)
Longest Virginia Tech Series Win Streak: 4 games (1993-96)
Largest Pitt Victory Margin: 31 points (38-7, 2001)
Largest Virginia Tech Victory Margin: 42 points (63-21, 1993)
Pitt-Virginia Tech Series Notes
This marks the 13th meeting between Pitt and Virginia Tech in a series that dates back to 1993...it will serve as the first Atlantic Coast Conference game between the two schools...the Panthers and Hokies will meet annually as members of the ACC’s Coastal Division...the initial 11 games of the series were played when both schools were members of the Big East Conference...last year’s meeting was a non-conference encounter won by Pitt, 35-17, at Heinz Field...the Panthers have won four consecutive games against Virginia Tech (2001-03, 2012) but the Hokies still lead the series, 7-5...each of Pitt’s five series victories have come against nationally ranked Virginia Tech squads (No. 13 in 2012, No. 5 in 2003, No. 3 in 2002, No. 12/13 in 2001 and No. 19/20 in 1997)...Pitt is 1-4 in games played in Blacksburg, its lone win coming in 2002 when freshman receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught three touchdowns in a 28-21 upset of the previously unbeaten Hokies...the Panthers are 4-3 at home against Virginia Tech...perhaps the most memorable meeting in Pittsburgh occurred in 2003 when a late touchdown by fullback Lousaka Polite lifted Pitt past the Hokies, 31-28, in a primetime battle of Top 25 teams...the last Pitt loss in the series occurred in 2000 when host Virginia Tech kicked a field goal with 16 seconds left for a 37-34 win...the Panthers lost the initial four games of the series before earning their first victory in 1997, a 30-23 decision at Pitt Stadium....three of the last five meetings have been decided by seven points or less.
Pitt-Virginia Tech Broadcast Information
Television • ESPNU
Tom Hart, play-by-play
John Congemi, analyst (former Pitt quarterback, 1982-86)
Pitt Radio • 93.7 The Fan & the Pitt IMG Sports Network
Bill Hillgrove, play-by-play
Pat Bostick, analyst
Gregg Giannotti, reporter
Larry Richert, reporter
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Sirius Channel 85, XM Channel 85
Internet Audio • Panthers All-Access
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